MHP Newsfeed & COVID-19 Updates

 

MDHHS, Food Bank Continue Flint Mobile Pantries during May

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will continue to provide nutritious food by the truckload to Flint’s residents throughout May. Please click on the link below to find out where and when.

May 2022 Flint Mobile Food Press Release

 

IT’S YOUR CHOICE TO BE A HERO! GET YOUR SHOT.

For a list of convenient vaccine locations near you, click here.

No appointment necessary!

For more information on the vaccine and to get your questions answered go to:
www.michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine 

 

McLaren Health Plan Offers

Access to Social Services

through New Online Program

Sometimes you just need a little help, right? And when you do, knowing where to find free or reduced-price services is key. McLaren Health Plan, in partnership with the public benefit corporation Aunt Bertha, now offers access to connect people in need with the programs and services that can help them.

This free service, available at www.GetHelp.McLaren.org, is open to all members. It’s easy to use! Put in your ZIP code and McLaren Health Plan will connect you to thousands of community resources like housing support, access to healthy foods, job assistance, legal services and more.

McLaren Health Plan takes a holistic approach to your health. It’s important to us to help make sure your physical and mental well-being contribute in a positive way to your overall quality of life by providing support when you need it. Click the button below to get started today!

February 2021

Who is Eligible to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance as it relates to who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Health care workers, those age 65 and older and frontline workers - including first responders, school and child care staff and corrections staff - are being given priority at this time. Please see the following information from MDHHS:

 
  • Vaccination Prioritization Guidance  

  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MI_COVID-19_Vaccination_Prioritization_Guidance_710349_7.pdf

  • Vaccine FAQs

  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccine_Public_FAQ_FINAL_710077_7.pdf

  • Information on mRNA vaccines

  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/2020_MDHHS_COVIDVaccine_Infograph_3.0_710373_7.pdf

  • To register to receive the vaccine, go to

   https://www.mclaren.org/main/coronavirus-vaccine

  • How a new vaccine is developed, approved and manufactured: 

   https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/Vaccine_infographic_v2_710069_7.pdf

 

 

Help us Take the Fight to COVID! Flint physicians, pharmacists and community leaders from @McLaren Flint, @McLaren Health Plan, @Ebenezer Ministries, @LatinxTechnology & Community Center and the @City of Flint provide the answers you need to make an informed decision for you and your family about the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch it now! 

 


Does McLaren Health Plan (MHP) cover the COVID-19 vaccine? - click to expand

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is a series of two shots and is covered with no cost to MHP members. 

Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine?- click to expand

Michigan has prioritized who gets the vaccine in order to protect people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. The priority also helps to ensure health care and essential services in the community continue. Here is the current order:

1a. Health care workers (began December 2020)

1b. Long-term care residents; persons aged 75 years and older; frontline federal and State responders; school and childcare staff; corrections staff (began January 2021); then other essential frontline workers (begins May 2021).

1c. Persons aged 65-74 years old (began January 2021); persons aged 16-64 with COVID-19 risk factors/pre-existing conditions (begins May 2021, conditions are COPD; hypertension or high blood pressure; chronic kidney disease; heart disease; diabetes; immunocompromised, which means if you are pregnant, have sickle cell disease or smoke); then all remaining essential workers.

2. People aged 16-64 not already covered above (begins May 2021 or after).

January 2021; MDHHS, https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MI_COVID-19_Vaccination_Prioritization_Guidance_710349_7.pdf

How many days do I have to wait between the first and second dose of the vaccine? - click to expand

There currently are two manufacturers of the vaccine – Pfizer and Moderna. You must get the vaccine from the same manufacturer for your first and second dose. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose 21 days after the first dose. The Moderna vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after the first dose. 

Can McLaren Health Plan help me register for my vaccine appointment?- click to expand

Yes, we’d be happy to help! Please call one of our customer service reps at 888-327-0671 (TTY: 711) for assistance.

What if I’ve already had a COVID-19 infection? - click to expand

The CDC recommends you still get the vaccine. There is uncertainty about how long natural immunity from having a COVID infection will last. 

Where can I find information about COVID-19 vaccine safety?- click to expand

It’s always best to talk to your health care provider. Or check out the information available here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html

Will I get COVID-19 if I get the vaccine? - click to expand

No.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?- click to expand

Please talk to your health care provider. The CDC recommends pregnant women receive the vaccine if they are part of the priority groups and in consultation with their healthcare provider.

Does McLaren Health Plan provide transportation for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine? - click to expand

Yes, if you are a McLaren Health Plan Medicaid member.

 
Take Care of Your Teeth!

Good oral health is an essential part of staying healthy. Poor oral health can contribute to several chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It’s important to get your teeth cleaned at least twice per year. Your dentist will look for gum disease and mouth and throat cancers and you can tell him or her about any tooth or face pain you might be having. 

You should take your children age 2 and older to the dentist twice per year, too. They need to establish a relationship with a dentist and learn good brushing and flossing habits. If you’re a Healthy Michigan Plan member, you have free coverage through Delta Dental. Go to www.deltadentalmi.com for details.

If you put off going to the dentist due to the pandemic, now is the time to make an appointment. Dental offices have added steps to sanitize and clean during and after each visit for your protection due to COVID-19. You can feel confident that a visit to the dentist is safe for you and your family. 

Call Customer Service at 888-327-0671 (TTY: 711) if you don’t have a dentist or have questions. 

   

What you Need to Know About Coronavirus COVID-19 click here.